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School-Based Health Centers: A Vital Resource For Young People’s Health


School-based health centers (SBHCs) provide both primary and preventive services to children and adolescents at schools across the country. SBHCs first were established in the 1970s in Texas and Minnesota and now there are approximately 2,000 across the country. They can be found in geographically diverse areas, with the majority – 57 percent – in urban communities and 27 percent in rural areas. Sixteen percent are in suburban areas. “Students in schools with SBHCs are predominantly members of minority and ethnic populations who have historically experienced under-insurance, uninsurance, or other health-care access disparities.”

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